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A number of memoirs and diaries have been submitted by Society members for publication on the website. It now merits a dedicated page. All members are encouraged to submit similar material for archiving here, and linking to the Time Trek application.

"Little America III" by Joseph A. Daigle

Joseph Daigle was a young Navy radioman when he served with Admiral Byrd on the USS Bear during the 1939-41 United States Antarctic Service Expedition. He published this account of his experiences on that expedition in 1988. He was responsible for the vital communications link to the outside world while the Bear sailed in Antarctic waters. The book is filled with personal stories that give a glimpse of what life was like for Navy crewmen during USASE. Thanks to Janice Daigle Walz, daughter of Joseph A. Daigle, for graciously allowing the Society to post this memoir. Click on any link in the table below to go directly to individual chapters. Copyright Janice Daigle Walz.

Little America III
Preface & Introduction Chapter 1: Objectives, Admiral Byrd, Bear, Funding
Chapter 2: Recruitment, Supplies Chapter 3: Communications, Snow Cruiser
Chapter 4: Establishing West Base Chapter 5: Bay of Whales
Chapter 6: Establishing East Base Chapter 7: Return Trip Home
Chapter 8: Second Trip to West Base Chapter 9: Greenland Assignment
Epilogue, Glossary

 

Patrick "Rediron" McCormick Memoir

"Rediron" McCormick was a young Seabee who volunteered for the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion (Special) in support of Operations Deep Freeze I and II, 1955-57. Their assignment was to build permanent facilities in McMurdo Sound and the Geographic South Pole for the International Geophysical Year 1957-58. This is a detailed account of how the "can do" Seabees overcame great challenges to accomplish their mission. It is also a story of how a disparate group of young men formed friendships that have endured for their lifetimes. "Rediron's" fifty-page memoir is illustrated with numerous photos taken by the Navy and by the Seabees themselves. Click the title above to read the memoir.Copyright Patrick McCormick. Click HERE to view the document.

Antarctic Recollection: South Pole 1957-58 by Art Jorgensen

Art Jorgensen wintered at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station as a meteorological aide in the IGY year 1957-58. He was a colleague and still a friend of our long-time Society newsletter editor Paul Dalrymple. He has been a Society member for many years. This is his illustrated recollection of that formative year in his personal and professional life. Click the title above to read his story. Copyright Art Jorgensen. Click HERE to view the document.

IGY Diary of Dr. Ralph Glasgal

This untranscribed diary was kept by Dr. Ralph Glasgal, Aurora Physicist at the original Wilkes Station. It recounts his experiences at Wilkes Station and at other well-known Antarctic sites during the 1956-1958 International Geophysical Year. The diary is a glimpse into the excitement and adventure of that historic time through the eyes of a young man smitten with the Antarctic "bug."Dr. Glasgal 's recollections have been archived in Australia and Great Britain, and now is an important contribution to The Antarctican Society website, with Dr. Glasgal's permission. Click on any link in the table below to go directly to individual portions of the diary. Copyright Dr. Ralph Glasgal 2008.

 
15 Nov 1956 - 12 Dec 1956 12 Dec 1956 - 12 Jan 1957
12 Jan 1957 - 02 Feb 1957 02 Feb 1957 - 19 Feb 1957
19 Feb 1957 - 06 Apr 1957 06 Apr 1957 - 30 May 1957
30 May 1957 - 11 Aug 1957 11 Aug 1957 - 03 Sep 1957
03 Sep 1957 - 26 Oct 1957 26 Oct 1957 - 23 Dec 1957
23 Dec 1957 - 15 Feb 1958 15 Feb 1958 - 08 Mar 1958

 

"Mirny Diary 1958-59" by Morton J. Rubin

This detailed diary was contributed by Morton Rubin's brother Harry. He gives credit to Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sponholz for painstakingly deciphering and transcribing Morton's original hand-written manuscript. It is a fascinating glimpse of winterover life at an IGY Russian station. For more on Morton Rubin, see Harry's website: www.bardofhinesville.com . Copyright Harry Rubin 2008. All rights reserved. Click HERE to view the document.

 

"Among the Magi" by Martin Sponholz

This memoir by Society member Martin Sponholz recounts his experiences at Plateau Station and the Japanese Showa Station in the 1960's. It has never been published, but has appeared on other websites in the past. We thought it deserved a home with the Antarctican Society, with Marty's permission. Click on any link in the table below to go directly to individual chapters. Copyright Martin Sponholz 1995.

Among the Magi
Preface Chap. 1: The Initial Meeting
Chap. 2: Application Forms Chap. 3: Move East to go South
Chap. 4: Spring Training Chap. 5: Good Bye
Chap. 6: To THE South Chap. 7: Building Plateau
Chap. 8: Life in Winter Chap. 9: Research in Winter
Chap. 10: Return From The Ice Chap. 11: D.C. Polar Studies
Chap. 12: An Administrative Interim Chap. 13: South Again
Chap. 14: Sunset